Much tooing and frooing across the village green. The ladies of the Beautiful Byeways Committee preparing for tomorrow nights Christmas gathering in the village hall. This year , the accordionist being ill with the flu, they have hired a DJ from the neighbouring village. He has an old battered Renault van with a hand painted sign across the back : " DJ Florian . New York Disco Sound . Rave on ". Studio 54 comes to France Profonde .
The afternoon school bus arrives by the war memorial while Florian is trying out the sound system. As far as we can tell the sound system only has one setting - Loud. The waiting mothers, a gaggle of toddlers, Madame Bay, her daughters - Sandrine, Nadine, the other 'ine' ( Delfine ? ) - and all the baby ' ine's ' can soon be seen punching the air and dancing to the sound of ' Celebration ' as sung by Kool and the Gang. Those famous French lyrics ' weir gonha ave ay sell-a-bray-shunn too-nite ' echoing across the fields.
Late in the evening Madame Mayor and her husband arrive and string a single row of coloured lights across the front of the salle des fetes. It's going to be an evening to remember.